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November 19, 2012

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November 19, 2012

This organization enabled our group to identify and better understand just how property taxes wokr. Thanks to their help, our community now has a land value tax that ensures the costs I spend to upgrade the exterior of my property don't result in an increased property tax at the end of the year.

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February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

I know of no other organization that offers the passion and perspective that guides the work of the Center for the Study of Economics. Unique in the service it provides, CSE combines pragmatism with vision in its goal of helping municipalities use existing tools to achieve sustainable communities. Director Josh Vincent really cares about social and economic justice. He understands how to nurture a vibrant commercial climate while also providing affordable housing, protecting the environment, and rewarding home owners for investment in the kinds of improvements that make us all want to call the community in question “home.” Under the intelligent stewardship of Josh Vincent, CSE is unusual in its willingness to educate, to answer questions, and to guide municipalities to smart growth. The Center for the Study of Economics has the answers public servants are seeking, especially in this time of budget shortfalls. Director Vincent has responded, without charge, to all the questions I, as a volunteer member of my town’s Fiscal Resources Task Force, have asked him. I hope we are able to find a way to fund his expenses so that we can proceed with further study of our tax code.

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I forwarded the questions the Fiscal Resources Task Force in Arlington, MA had about how changes in our property tax structure might be employed to stimulate smart commercial growth while also increasing the fairness of our tax code.

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I wish they had a source of funding that would cover the expenses of CSE employees so that they could visit the communities they serve and directly observe areas where improvements could be made.

February 22, 2011

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February 22, 2011

The Center for the Study of Economics keeps the flame of liberty, prosperity and possibility alive for American cities. There have been countless times when, needing advice or help, the Center met my needs, always with good humor and genuine interest. I have worked with the Center for over thirty years and the folks who have staffed up the organization over that period have never wavered in thier mission or their work ethic.
This is a fine organization whose mission it is to help people like me in the trenches of urban revitalization. Their ideas and suggestions are not conventional, but, I am convinced, they are right. And - they are not right at the expense of those who may disagree with them; they seem to have respect for all those who only want the best for our cities.
I have not experienced their on-site work in my city. There has not been fertile enough ground. However, their victories in other cities have always enhanced values and improved employment. They may be the only urban advocacy group in the United States that has a 100% success record where their reforms have been enacted.
This organization is a gem, and deserves much credit for its unselfish work toward making our nation a better place to live and work.

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An Enterprise Zone tax-abatement initiative in a blighted area of my city that increased the number of building permits 42% over three years and increased the monthly value of Zone permits by over 1000%.

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Give it more funding.

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